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Posted 2/2/2017 2:57am by Allison Mills Neal & Matthew Neal.

Arugula's Star Farm Tiding #1 / 5th week of 2017

Greetings from Allison, Matthew, & Eastenn Dutch,

Hope this tiding finds you well in the New Year of 2017. The holidays have been wrapped up and set aside to make way for what February and the rest of the year beholds.

After a long dormancy, Arugula's Star Farm is up and growing again and we would love for you or your family to come join us...literally.

Time sure has passed, right on by, over the last 2 1/2 years. I think we left off in July of 2014 when I was pregnant and on bedrest. Eastenn Dutch was born all well and as strong as a hickory from the get go, on August the 14th of that very year.

Jumping forward to current, here he is above plotting out the very spot where the Potatoes, Dry Beans, and Flax will be planted, by yes YOU, this spring. Also, here we are in search for forest humus, which we only chose to do in the wintertime. The 10 varieties of Garlic are pushing their shoots right on up all tucked away in their warm blanket of hay...thanks to a neighbor down the way!

I am thrilled to share with you what Arugula's Star Farm has in store for the 2017 growing season, and how you can play a part.

Arugula’s Star Farm exclusively offers the Genuine SeedtoGather SealTM which combines organic & biodynamic growing practices. This Seal was created to fully embody our farm's specific growing practice standards. Please take time to read these growing practice standards on our website. I am very proud of these and as a potential customer you should be as well. What is on our soil is in your veggies and on our farm that is a good thing!

We are offering an original Hands On Farm Visit CSA called Shared Agriculture Program [SAP]. We will have 2 Shared Agriculture Programs [SAP] for the 2017 growing season.

Genuine Potato, Dry Bean, & Garlic [SAP] taking place in early Spring-early Summer

Genuine Dry Bean, Root, & Garlic [SAP] taking place in early Summer-late Fall.

As a member, you will be able to experience first hand what it means to grow your very own Potato, Dry Bean, Root, & Garlic Storage crops in just 4 Hands on Farm Visits, per [SAP], with out any extra planning on your behalf. Just Sign Up & Come on out to the Country!

Storage crop is the word that should be emphasized. It is this word that defines the types of crops you will be growing that makes our Shared Agriculture Programs [SAP] A "Gem" & A "Keeper"!

High variety is our forte. You will get to grow and take home to store and eat 21 varieties of a mix of fingerling & regular Potatoes, 12 varieties of Roots, which include Carrots, Beets, Turnips, & Rutabagas, 10 varieties of Garlic, and 8 varieties of Dry Beans. How much more exciting can it get!

This Shared Agriculture Program [SAP], is the only one of its kind found locally and we think you and many others will Fall in Love.

A Hands On Outdoor Farming Education for Families and a Premier Experience for Foodies.

Our [SAP] is a great extracurricular activity that will CONNECT you to a farm and your food like no other and each [SAP] only takes 4 days out of your whole year.

Think about it, this really is not much different than signing up for Yoga, dance classes, art classes, cooking classes, summer camps, or piano lessons. Growing energized, synthetic chemical free food should be a common extracurricular practice, mainly because it plays such an important part in our lives existence.

If you are already a member of a modern CSA, no worries, our [SAP] serves as a supplement, not a substitute.

Deadline for Spring/Summer [SAP] Sign Up is March 20th. Please sign up early to ensure your spot.

Deadline for Summer/Fall [SAP] Sign Up is June 26th.

Our [SAP] is hardcore agritourism to the most utilitarian degree. It is not only FUN for the whole family, it is FOOD for the whole family.

Volunteers/Interns Needed…Be a [SAP] member at no cost!

As I have really just broken the surface of the Shared Agriculture Program [SAP], to learn lots lots more, please take a read and look on our new website www.ArugulasStarFarm.com

To help in our promotional campaign, if the thought of our [SAP]has you smiling, Please share with friends, family, children's school announcement servers, and social media. Thanks and we hope to see you soon, Allie

Allison Mills Neal 

6624 Leipers Creek Road;(Bethel Community) Columbia, TN 38401

Our Farm is Just 10 minutes SW of Leipers Fork. 35-45 minutes from Nashville and 30 minutes from downtown Columbia & Franklin…a lovely drive with no interstate required.

allie@arugulasstarfarm.com

www.ArugulasStarFarm.com

931-682-3314

Posted 1/18/2017 12:54am by Allison Mills Neal or Matthew Neal.

Hope this tiding finds you well in the New Year of 2017.  The holidays have been wrapped up and set aside to make way for what January and the rest of the year beholds.

After a long dormancy, Arugula's Star Farm is up and growing again and we would love for you or your family to come join us...literally. 

We are offering an original Hands On Farm Visit CSA called Shared Agriculture Program [SAP].  We will have 2 Shared Agriculture Programs [SAP] for the 2017 growing season. Genuine Potato, Dry Bean, & Garlic [SAP] taking place in early Spring-early Summer AND Genuine Dry Bean, Root, & Garlic [SAP] taking place in early Summer-late Fall. As a member, you will be able to experience first hand what it means to grow your very own Potato, Dry Bean, Root, & Garlic Storage crops in just 4 Hands on Farm Visits, per [SAP], with out any extra planning on your behalf. Just Sign Up & Come on out to the Country! 

This Shared Agriculture Program [SAP], is the only one of its kind found locally and we think you and many others will Fall in Love.  A Hands On Outdoor Farming Education for Families and a Premier Experience for Foodies.  

Arugula’s Star Farm exclusively offers the Genuine SeedToGather SealTM which combines organic & biodynamic growing practices.

Our [SAP] is a great extracurricular activity that will CONNECT you to a farm and your food like no other and each [SAP] only takes 4 days out of your whole year.  If you are already a member of a modern CSA, no worries, our [SAP] serves as a supplement, not a substitute.  

To learn more,  please take more of read and look on our website. www.ArugulasStarFarm.com

To help in our promotional campaign, if the thought of our [SAP]has you smiling, Please share with friends, family, children's school announcement servers, and social media. 

Thanks and we hope to see you soon, Allie

 

Posted 7/9/2014 5:28pm by Allison Mills Neal & Matthew Neal.

All the Garlic has been dug and it is now in its curing stage.  We have about 20 Bushels Full, which is well over 1,000 heads of Heirloom Organically Grown Hardneck and Softneck Garlic.  Individuals that have signed up for a Stockholder Garlic Share you will be able to get your Garlic in about 1 month.  Individuals that did not sign up for a Garlic Share are encouraged to put in a request to buy your Garlic for Fall and Winter. 

Moving from Farming to Pregnancy, my pregnancy has taken an unexpected turn.  This is why there have not been any offerings for the last couple weeks and there will not be any more for the next while, even though we have lots and lots of vegetables out and growing in the garden field.  I and baby are currently stable but, I have had a condition occur that is called placental abruption.  This was diagnosed last Tuesday on July 1st and I have been put on bedrest until baby is born. This has all been upsetting, but we are taking it day by day and wanting to keep adding every week that we can for the baby to stay inside.  

Until next time,

Allison Mills Neal 

6624 Leipers Creek Road; Columbia, TN 38401

allie@arugulasstarfarm.com

www.ArugulasStarFarm.com

931-682-3314

Posted 6/22/2014 11:02pm by Allison Mills Neal & Matthew Neal.

Arugula's Star Genuine Organically Grown Vegetables

Summer time is here and so are the summer temperatures, which seems hotter than ever with myself carrying around 27 extra pounds. 

The first round of Snap Wax Beans are ready for picking with the name of Beurre de Rocquencourt or "Golden Rocky". 

The Beets are continuing to thrive and their family relative Swiss Chard has gotten large enough to start picking. 

We still have some great Lettuces that we are enjoying to the fullest on a daily basis, as we know they will not be around in a month.

The Softneck Garlic and some of the Hardneck Garlic is ready for digging and I plan on digging on Monday the 23rd and Tuesday the 24th mornings.  If you have a Garlic Share or are just interested in having a hand at digging up Garlic then by all means feel free to come on out and dig.  If you have your own shovel then bring it along.  There might even be some free garlic heads involved if you make it out.     

 

How to Order and Your Pick-up Options:

1. If you do not already receive farm e-mails then make sure you sign-up to be  

    on our Mailing list.

2. When there is available Genuine Organically Grown Veggies (GOGV) an e-mail

    will be sent out on Thursday evenings letting customers know what is

    available for order. 

3.  Pick-up Options: 

    A) On-Farm at Rocket starting on Saturday's at 4pm and going through

          all day on Sunday till dusk....(not available this week)

    B) On-Farm at Rocket on Wednesdays from 9:30am till dusk.

    C) Nashville In-Town at Gran Fondo Cycle Shop on Harding Road in Belle

           Meade area on Wednesdays.  I will drop off items on Wed. morning to

           be able to be picked up within store hours of 10am-5pm.

    D) Nashville In-Town in Green Hills Area off of Richard Jones Rd. in parking lot

           of where Sanctuary Yoga Studio is located from 12 noon-12:30.  I will

           be close to the grassy lawn area to the east of the business/office

           complex.  This seems to be a very non-congested area at this time of

           day and is a good  location for people located in Green Hills, Belmont,

           Forest Hills, 12 South area.  

4.  You can change around your pick-up site from week to week when you place

     your order by email sending to allie@ArugulasStarFarm.com or by phone  

     message by calling 931-682-3314.  When you place your order just specify

     what you would like to purchase, qty, and which pick-up site. 

     If you choose the weekend on Farm-pick-up your order will be due in

      by Saturday mornings at 7:00am.

     If you choose the Wednesday On-Farm, or Nashville In-Town pick-up

      your order will be due in by Tuesday mornings by 7:00am. 

5.  When you pick-up, please bring your own sack/basket.          

 

Wednesday June 25th Genuine Organically
 
Grown Vegetable Offering 
 
 
  Chesnok Red Heirloom Garlic Scapes      10+ scapes = $2.00
 
  (If you have never tried Garlic Scapes then you should. The scapes are the    
  
   edible top shoot of Hardneck Garlic.  They can be used like garlic, but are no
  
   where near as strong.  I like to use ~6 minced scapes in sauteed veggie
  
   dishes.  They add an impressive flavor and have all the good medicinal
  
   benefits of garlic.  They are also good to sautee in oil that will be turned into
  
    salad vinaigrette to go over salad lettuce greens.  These are what I use 
  
   when I want a hint of garlic flavor in dishes until our garlic is harvested and
  
   cured.)
 
Beurre de Rocquencourt Wax Snap Beans                1 lb = $3.00
 
 
Heirloom Pick of Butterhead Lettuce                    1 Head = $2.00
 
  ...possible varieties Butterking, Big Boston, May Queen
 
 
Heirloom Mix of Oakleaf and Looseleaf Lettuce    1/2 lb = $3.75
 
  ...varieties Red Velvet, Rossa Di Trento, 
   
     Mascara, Bronze Arrowhead, Year Round Bronze,
    
     Fire Mountain, Really Red Deer Tongue
 
 
Batavian Lettuce                                                 1 Head = $2.25
   
   ...possible varieties Webb's Wonderful, Canasta
        
 
Detroit Dark Red Heirloom Beets w/ Greens        Bunch = $3.50
 
 
Bull's Blood Heirloom Beets w/ Greens                Bunch = $3.00
        
                                          
Chioggia Beets with Large Green Tops                  Bunch = $3.50
 
 
French Sorrel                                                        1/4 lb = $2.00
 
 
Swiss Chard mixed varieties of Heirloom             Bunch = $2.50
 
     Oriole Orange, Vulcan Red, Flamingo Pink
 
 
Garlic Share (click here to read more)                                                        
 

Allison Mills Neal 

6624 Leipers Creek Road; Columbia, TN 38401

allie@arugulasstarfarm.com

www.ArugulasStarFarm.com

931-682-3314

Posted 6/12/2014 10:24pm by Allison Mills Neal & Matthew Neal.

Arugula's Star Genuine Organically Grown Vegetables

Full Moon and Friday the 13th is upon us...maybe all the lettuces will be dancing and howling.  The lettuces are in their prime right now.  The diversity of the Leaf and Oakleaf Lettuce mix makes for a beautiful and tasty salad.  This mix cannot be beat in texture, color, and flavor.  This is by far an improvement from the little baby lettuce mixes found in the grocery stores. 
Then if you want to add even a different taste and citrusy zing to your salads then try some of the French Sorrel.  I enjoy the French Sorrel Fine chopped and added to salads.  It is also an unusual alternative to lettuce on a sandwich. 

The Garlic Scapes will not be around for much longer so get them while they last.  They can be enjoyed sauteed along with the Chioggia Beets.  

 

 

How to Order and Your Pick-up Options:

1. If you do not already receive farm e-mails then make sure you sign-up to be  

    on our Mailing list.

2. When there is available Genuine Organically Grown Veggies (GOGV) an e-mail

    will be sent out on Thursday evenings letting customers know what is

    available for order. 

3.  Pick-up Options: 

    A) On-Farm at Rocket starting on Saturday's at 4pm and going through

          all day on Sunday till dusk.

    B) On-Farm at Rocket on Wednesdays from 9:30am till dusk.

    C) Nashville In-Town at Gran Fondo Cycle Shop on Harding Road in Belle

           Meade area on Wednesdays.  I will drop off items on Wed. morning to

           be able to be picked up within store hours of 10am-5pm.

    D) Nashville In-Town in Green Hills Area off of Richard Jones Rd. in parking lot

           of where Sanctuary Yoga Studio is located from 12 noon-12:30.  I will

           be close to the grassy lawn area to the east of the business/office

           complex.  This seems to be a very non-congested area at this time of

           day and is a good  location for people located in Green Hills, Belmont,

           Forest Hills, 12 South area.  

4.  You can change around your pick-up site from week to week when you place

     your order by email sending to allie@ArugulasStarFarm.com or by phone  

     message by calling 931-682-3314.  When you place your order just specify

     what you would like to purchase, qty, and which pick-up site. 

     If you choose the weekend on Farm-pick-up your order will be due in

      by Saturday mornings at 7:00am.

     If you choose the Wednesday On-Farm, or Nashville In-Town pick-up

      your order will be due in by Tuesday mornings by 7:00am. 

5.  When you pick-up, please bring your own sack/basket.          

 

June 14th & 15th and 18th Genuine Organically
 
Grown Vegetable Offering 
 
 
Georgian Fire & Chesnok Red
          
          Heirloom Garlic Scapes                       10 scapes = $2.00
 
  (If you have never tried Garlic Scapes then you should. The scapes are the    
  
   edible top shoot of Hardneck Garlic.  They can be used like garlic, but are no
  
   where near as strong.  I like to use ~6 minced scapes in sauteed veggie
  
   dishes.  They add an impressive flavor and have all the good medicinal
  
   benefits of garlic.  They are also good to sautee in oil that will be turned into
  
    salad vinaigrette to go over salad lettuce greens.  These are what I use 
  
   when I want a hint of garlic flavor in dishes until our garlic is harvested and
  
   cured.)
 
 
Heirloom Pick of Butterhead Lettuce                    1 Head = $2.50
 
  ...possible varieties Sanguine Ameloire,
   
     Mantilia, Baquie, Butterking
 
 
Heirloom Mix of Oakleaf and Looseleaf Lettuce    1/2 lb = $4.00
 
  ...possible varieties Red Velvet, Rossa Di Trento, 
   
     Mascara, Bronze Arrowhead, Year Round Bronze,
    
     Fire Mountain, Really Red Deer Tongue
 
 
Heirloom Romaine Lettuce                                  1 Head = $2.50
   
   ...variety De Morges Braun
        
 
Detroit Dark Red Heirloom Large Beet Greens     Bunch = $2.50
 
 
Bull's Blood Heirloom Beet Greens                       Bunch = $3.00
        
                            with young beet roots               
 
Chioggia Beets with Large Green Tops                  Bunch = $3.50
 
 
French Sorrel                                                        1/4 lb = $2.00
 
 

Allison Mills Neal 

6624 Leipers Creek Road; Columbia, TN 38401

allie@arugulasstarfarm.com

www.ArugulasStarFarm.com

931-682-3314

Posted 6/7/2014 2:05pm by Allison Mills Neal & Matthew Neal.

Good days to all as we are coming up on the ending weeks of spring.  Spring has really been a true spring this year, as I do not feel like summer has set in pre-maturely.  It was after this last rain of 2.5" when I was picking veggies for our dinner that I realized that I need to start making some Genuine Organically Grown Veggie offerings.  Matthew, I, and the little one I am carrying inside will not be able to consume all that is going to start being ready for harvest. 

These pictures below were taken just yesterday evening of all the Genuine Organically Grown Veggies that are out in the garden. The pictures capture the array of lettuce varieties, french sorrel, snow peas, beets, garlic scapes, and the summer crops coming on like snap beans, cucumbers, summer squash, onions, and potatoes.  

Along with the spring veggies that I am starting to offer, there will be summer vegetable selections like snap beans, summer squash, cowpeas, okra, potatoes, cucumbers, tomatoes, watermelon, winter squash, and loads of garlic!

  

How to Order and Your Pick-up Options:

**This weekend is an exception to the normal Weekend On-Farm pick-up protocol that you will read below, as this e-mail is just now being sent out on Saturday.  Therefore, if you would like to place an order for an On-Farm Rocket pick-up tomorrow, Sunday afternoon on June 8th starting at 2pm going till dusk then just get your order in by 9 am tomorrow morning the 8th**

1. If you do not already receive farm e-mails then make sure you sign-up to be  

    on our Mailing list.

2. When there is available Genuine Organically Grown Veggies (GOGV) an e-mail

    will be sent out on Thursday evenings letting customers know what is

    available for order. 

3.  Pick-up Options: 

    A) On-Farm at Rocket starting on Saturday's at 4pm and going through

          all day on Sunday till dusk.

    B) On-Farm at Rocket on Wednesdays from 9:30am till dusk.

    C) Nashville In-Town at Gran Fondo Cycle Shop on Harding Road in Belle

           Meade area on Wednesdays.  I will drop off items on Wed. morning to

           be able to be picked up within store hours of 10am-5pm.

    D) Nashville In-Town in Green Hills Area off of Richard Jones Rd. in parking lot

           of where Sanctuary Yoga Studio is located from 12 noon-12:30.  I will

           be close to the grassy lawn area to the east of the business/office

           complex.  This seems to be a very non-congested area at this time of

           day and is a good  location for people located in Green Hills, Belmont,

           Forest Hills, 12 South area.  

4.  You can change around your pick-up site from week to week when you place

     your order by email sending to allie@ArugulasStarFarm.com or by phone  

     message by calling 931-682-3314.  When you place your order just specify

     what you would like to purchase, qty, and which pick-up site. 

     If you choose the weekend on Farm-pick-up your order will be due in

      by Saturday mornings at 7:00am.

     If you choose the Wednesday On-Farm, or Nashville In-Town pick-up

      your order will be due in by Tuesday mornings by 7:00am. 

5.  When you pick-up, please bring your own sack/basket.          

 

June 8th & 11th Genuine Organically Grown
 
Vegetable Offering 
 
**This weekend is an exception to the normal Weekend On-Farm pick-up protocol, as this e-mail is just now being sent out on Saturday.  Therefore, if you would like to place an order for an On-Farm Rocket pick-up tomorrow, Sunday afternoon on June 8th starting at 2pm going till dusk then just get your order in by 9 am tomorrow morning the 8th, Thanks **
 
Schweizer Reisen "Swiss Giant" Snow Peas          1 lb = $4.00
 
Sugarlode Snap Peas                                            1 lb = $4.00
 
Georgian Fire & Chesnok Red
          
          Heirloom Garlic Scapes                       8 scapes = $2.00
 
  (If you have never tried Garlic Scapes then you should. The scapes are the    
  
   edible top shoot of Hardneck Garlic.  They can be used like garlic, but are no
  
   where near as strong.  I like to use ~6 minced scapes in sauteed veggie
  
   dishes.  They add an impressive flavor and have all the good medicinal
  
   benefits of garlic.  They are also good to sautee in oil that will be turned into
  
    salad vinaigrette to go over salad lettuce greens.  These are what I use 
  
   when I want a hint of garlic flavor in dishes until our garlic is harvested and
  
   cured.)
 
 
Heirloom Pick of Butterhead Lettuce                    1 Head = $2.50
 
  ...possible varieties Yugoslavian Red, Sanguine Ameloire,
   
     Mantilia, Baquie, Butterking
 
 
Heirloom Mix of Oakleaf and Looseleaf Lettuce    1/2 lb = $4.00
 
  ...possible varieties Red Velvet, Rossa Di Trento, 
   
     Mascara, Bronze Arrowhead, Year Round Bronze,
    
     Fire Mountain
 
 
Heirloom Pick of Romaine Lettuce                      1 Head = $2.50
   
   ...possible varieties De Morges Braun,
  
      Outredgeous
 
 
Yukina Savoy Heirloom Oriental Greens                 1/2 lb = $3.00
 
 
Detroit Dark Red Heirloom Beet Greens                 Bunch = $2.50
 
 
Bull's Blood Heirloom Beet Greens                        1/2 lb = $3.00
 
 
Chioggia Beets with Green Tops                          Bunch = $3.50
 
 
Red Giant of Sicily & Pink Lady Slipper Radishes  Bunch = $2.50  
 
 
French Sorrel                                                         1/4 lb = $2.00
 
 
Asparagus                                                             1/2 lb = $2.75
   

 

Allison Mills Neal 

6624 Leipers Creek Road; Columbia, TN 38401

allie@arugulasstarfarm.com

www.ArugulasStarFarm.com

931-682-3314

Posted 5/1/2014 6:54pm by Allison Mills Neal & Matthew Neal.

Well Well this was quite the week to remember, as it for certain brought back memories of the 2010 Flood.  About 30 minutes before the pouring rains finally stopped, Matthew and I thought for sure that this Flash Flood episode was going to be a repeat of what happened four years ago about this same time of year. The rains stopped at 3.75" and gave the surging waters a chance to subside.  As the water did subside, the overflowing volumes were not half as bad as they were in 2010.  We ended up getting a total of 4.75" through this whole rainy front that past over us, which is sure a large amount of precipitation.  I am sure this will leave the soils nice and saturated for a while. 
The day after this flash flood was such a beautiful spring day that it made the  cleaning up of debris, trash, and gravel not near as bad.  Here are some During and After pictures from the flash flood...

 

All the spring gardens are not in the immediate flood plain area. So other than just getting buckets full of rain, nothing was negatively effected.  The sugar snap and snow peas are looking good, along with the beets and garlic.  Biodynamic Transplanting time is approaching so after the soils dry out a bit I am hoping to get all the spring green crops transplanted that are waiting in their trays. 

Orders by e-mail allie@ArugulasStarFarm.com or phone 931-682-3314 will be due in on Saturday morning the 3rd by 8 am.  On-Farm Orders will be placed at Rocket in coolers on Saturday the 3rd at 2 pm. One will have from then through  Sunday May 4th at dusk to swing by the farm to pick up your ordered Genuine Organically Grow Veggies. 

One of us is also planning on swinging into Nashville town on Saturday afternoon, so Nashville In-Town ordered vegetables can be dropped off at Gran Fondo cycle shop at that time.

May 3rd & 4th Genuine Organically Grown Vegetable

 
Offering for Weekend On-Farm Pick Up

Heirloom Mix of Spinach varieties

          Winter Bloomsdale and Giant Noble      8 oz (1/2 lb) = $4.50  or

                                                                      16 oz (1 lb) =  $8.00

Ishikura Scallions                                            Bunch = $2.50

Stockholder Garlic Share (to learn about click here)    Share = $19.00

Eggs by request, (if available)                             Dozen = $5.00   

 

Allison Mills Neal 

6624 Leipers Creek Road; Columbia, TN 38401

allie@arugulasstarfarm.com

www.ArugulasStarFarm.com

931-682-3314

Posted 4/24/2014 10:30am by Allison Mills Neal & Matthew Neal.

Purple Top White Globe Turnips in Full Bloom and contrasting with lovely blue skies.  The Spinach is still providing such great taste and good nutrition for us here and we have some of the medium/large and hardy Spinach leaves to gather from the field.  The Ishikura scallions are remaining the best allium addition to meals at this time of year, as they are ever so tasty.  Lastly, the Joan Rutabaga roots are still sweet and crunchy for roasting or shredding raw. 

Orders by e-mail allie@ArugulasStarFarm.com or phone 931-682-3314 will be due in on Friday evening the 25th by 9 pm.   On-Farm Orders will be placed at Rocket in coolers on Saturday the 26th at 2 pm. One will have from then through  Sunday April 27th at dusk to swing by the farm to pick up your ordered Genuine Organically Grow Veggies.  I also plan on swinging into Nashville town on Saturday early afternoon, so I can drop off ordered vegetables at Gran Fondo cycle shop at that time.

Winter varieties of Spinach, like the ones I started last fall, manage to overwinter even in the harsh winter we experienced. Spinach is not even blanket covered, it is just left to die back and then start coming on when the weather starts to warm slightly.

  

April 26th & 27th Genuine Organically Grown Vegetable
 
Offering for Weekend On-Farm Pick Up

Heirloom Mix of Spinach varieties

          Winter Bloomsdale and Giant Noble      8 oz (1/2 lb) = $4.50  or

                                                                      16 oz (1 lb) =  $8.00

Joan Rutabaga Roots and Top Greens   Large Bunch = $3.50  

Ishikura Scallions                                            Bunch = $2.50

Stockholder Garlic Share (to learn about click here)    Share = $19.00

Eggs by request, if available                             Dozen = $5.00   

Here is how our Genuine Organically Grown Heirloom Garlic is looking
 
and progressing on April 22nd 2014. 
 
As you see, we have lots available!

Allison Mills Neal 

6624 Leipers Creek Road; Columbia, TN 38401

allie@arugulasstarfarm.com

www.ArugulasStarFarm.com

931-682-3314

Posted 4/8/2014 1:36pm by Allison Mills Neal & Matthew Neal.

I am sending out this week’s farm letter early as orders for the weekend On-Farm pick-up of April 12th and 13th will be due in early. I am leaving this Friday to take a little trip to visit my parents in East TN and therefore will be harvesting veggies on Thursday. Orders by e-mail allie@ArugulasStarFarm.com or phone 931-682-3314 will be due in by Thursday April 10th at 8 am. Ordered items will be kept in refrigeration until Saturday morning the 12th when Matthew will place items in chilled coolers at the Rocket. Therefore, one will have from Saturday April 12th at 9 am through Sunday April 13th at dusk to swing by the farm to pick up your ordered Genuine Organically Grow Veggies.

Winter varieties of Spinach, like the ones I started last fall, manage to overwinter even in the harsh winter we experienced. Spinach is not even blanket covered, it is just left to die back and then start coming on when the weather starts to warm slightly.

  

The Joan Rutabagas were under a blanket covering which helped their roots make it through. Rutabagas in the past have been able to overwinter here without any cover, but the ones that were not under cover this winter did not have a chance. Their roots underwent such extreme continually freezes that they just eventually broke down and turned into mush.

The fruit trees like our Asian pears are about to start blooming.

The perennial Asparagus patch, now starting its fifth year, has not yet started to show any signs of the popping up Asparagus. Last year they started showing their tips around mid April, so they should be currently working their way up through the dark soil.

April 12th & 13th Genuine Organically Grown Vegetable Offering for Weekend On-Farm Pick Up

Heirloom Mix of Spinach varieties

          Winter Bloomsdale and Giant Noble      8 oz (1/2 lb) = $4.50  or

                                                                      16 oz (1 lb) =  $8.00

Joan Rutabaga Roots and Green Top Shoots   Large Bunch = $3.50  

Ishikura Scallions                                            Bunch = $2.50

Stockholder Garlic Share (to learn about click here)    Share = $19.00   

 

Allison Mills Neal 

6624 Leipers Creek Road; Columbia, TN 38401

allie@arugulasstarfarm.com

www.ArugulasStarFarm.com

931-682-3314

Posted 4/4/2014 1:27pm by Allison Mills Neal & Matthew Neal.

Howdy everyone!

A while has past since my last two folded announcement back in January and our long cold winter here in middle TN has finally slowly started to reside now that we have entered the month of April. I can see the fields starting to turn greener every day, with this day being the greenest after last night’s rain. It has been nice not having to keep the wood fires going here over the last five days or so, with the warming of the weather. We made this long cold winter, with solely our own wood heat coming out of our Stanley wood burning cookstove and the Morso wood burner. This also meant that we did not turn on the electric oven or cooktop either for the whole winter. While most were having record high heating and electric bills, I think we broke a record at the other end of the spectrum of only having an electric bill one month of $35.00. Within this $35.00, Duck River Electric charges a minimum of $20.00 a month just for having a meter.

As far as my pregnancy, I am 3 days shy of being 20 weeks and soon to be starting my 6th month. I am sure glad to be feeling tremendously better as weeks 4-18 were down right difficult, unpleasant, and slow creeping. I suppose any mother who possibly encountered this same rough start of pregnancy would understand and share my sentiment. Somehow, I had never been informed by any previous pregnant woman of how unpleasant the first trimester and start of second trimester can be, so it took me by a complete surprise. Then with learning, reading, and talking I quickly came to realize why this internally exhausted and sick feeling occurs and tried to accept it as much as possible. The unbelievable fact is that not all pregnant mothers even feel internally sick, which seemed hard for me to imagine, but it is true.

Now that I am on the rise, literally in more ways than one, I am glad to report that the baby inside is doing well and we are looking at a home birth due date around August 25th. We love our Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) Susie Meeks and are very grateful for her availability and tremendous care.

As this years Genuine Organically Grown veggie and fruit growing plan and scale has changed, I still have been trying to stay on track of growing our own veggies and fruits and with that I am sure that I will have extras for some local customers. That is if I can continue to maintain a good balance of not wearing my self out in the process. On days I feel really good it is easy to accidentally over expel too much physical energy and then feel over exhausted at the end of the day, or even the next day. Matthew does a good job of making sure that I remember this notion. For example, I had a long day of outside work the other day. I had prepared the area to be able to get the potatoes in the ground this Saturday, as it will be a root sign; I had planted the potatoes’ complimentary Brown Flax Seed; and then I was working on the hilling of my 160 foot row in preparation for planting carrot seeds on a future root sign day. I had about completed 80 row feet of the carrot hill and as Matthew came out to check on me he knew I had been out practically all day working and moving around he came out and said, “I think you have overdone it haven’t you?.”, so I agreed to stop the row half way and pick-up fresh on another day.

Currently, I have some overwintered crops like Spinach, Rutabaga Roots and Greens, Scallions, and Turnip Green Shoots that I can start to offer for customers to pick up ON-FARM at the Rocket. When I have items available for On-Farm Pick-up I will send out an e-mail on Wednesdays letting everyone know what is available for the On-Farm Weekend pick-up that will occur from 4pm on Saturday afternoons till dusk on Sunday evenings. As I know this weeks e-mail going out on Friday here, doesn’t give everyone much time this weekend to place an order, but as long as I receive your order (by e-mail allie@arugulasstarfarm.com or calling 931-682-3314) by Saturday the 5th at 12 noon then I should be able to have your Genuine Organically Grown Veggies picked and ready at the Rocket by 4pm this Saturday.

The Genuine Organically Grown Garlic is looking good and as a reminder I am still offering Stockholder Garlic Shares for pre-sell and one can read about this program at our website. In fact, for those of you who have already signed up I will be sending an e-mail out here very soon sharing some info and pictures of the progress of the Garlic.

April 5th & 6th Genuine Organically Grown Vegetable Offering for Weekend On-Farm Pick Up

Heirloom Mix of Spinach varieties

          Winter Bloomsdale and Giant Noble      8 oz (1/2 lb) = $4.50  or

                                                                      16 oz (1 lb) =  $8.00

Joan Rutabaga Roots and Green Tops             Large Bunch = $3.50  

Ishikura Scallions                                            Bunch = $2.50

Turnip Green Top Shoots                                8 oz (1/2 lb) = $3.00

Eggs (very limited amounts ~ 5 dozen available)       Dozen =  $5.00

Stockholder Garlic Share (to learn about click here)    Share = $19.00   

 

Allison Mills Neal 

6624 Leipers Creek Road; Columbia, TN 38401

allie@arugulasstarfarm.com

www.ArugulasStarFarm.com

931-682-3314


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